Saturday, June 9, 2012

Meae Spiritus Vitae

This poem comes from the Emblemata amatoria (1611) of Pieter Cornelisz Hooft (1581-1626). You can find the book online at the Emblem Project Utrecht.

Meae Spiritus Vitae
Fortius arsuras animant, en, flamina flammas.
Quo vivo, Vitae spiritus ille meae est.


The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There are only three words in this poem that are not on the DCC list:

animō, -āre - fill with breath, animate, enliven
ēn, interjection - look! behold!
flāmen, flāminis m. - blast of wind, blowing, gale

ārdeo ārdēre ārsī ārsum: blaze, glow; be eager
flamma -ae f.: flame, fire
fortis -e: brave
ille illa illud: that
meus -a -um: my
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
spīritus -ūs m.: breath, life, spirit
sum, esse, fuī: be, exist
vīta -ae f.: life
vīvō vīvere vīxī victum: live

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